I have a new favorite green shampoo, and if you know me (and my eternal hunt for the perfect green shampoo), this is big news. The Vermont based minimal green skincare brand, Ursa Major, just added shampoo and condition to their tightly curated selection of products and after one use (I literally just got out of the shower and ran to my computer to log down this review) I am smitten. For the longest time, I used their all-in-one face/body wash as a scalp rinse but now don’t need to because this shampoo is everything I’ve dreamed the brand would create. Read on for my review of the new Ursa Major shampoo and conditioner.
Product: Ursa Major Shampoo
Best for: As the name suggests, those who shampoo their hair daily (or frequently)
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Calcium Gluconate, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus Oil, Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Panthenol, Juniperus Oxycedrus Wood Tar, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Abies Sibirica Oil, Citric Acid, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Gluconolactone, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract *Denotes Organic Ingredients
Review: Ursa Major products seem so simple from the offset, but when you look at their ingredient deck you realize just how thoughtful and complex each product really is. This is the case with their shampoo. At $26 for a large 8oz bottle, one might expect filler ingredients like a water base or inexpensive oils like sesame seed or apricot oil, but no, this gorgeous shampoo uses soothing and nourishing aloe as its base and thoughtfully includes macadamia oil; the fatty acid content of macadamia oil makes it great for hair products since it calms frizz, nourishes hair follicles, adds strength and shine.
Even the simple, yet refreshing scent of spicy pine and citrus is so thoughtful. The brand includes licorice root extract, which is known to help prevent hair loss, stimulate hair growth and hydrate the scalp, and juniper, a not only delicious smelling essential oil, a potent EO used to treat itching, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and dandruff for its analgeic and antiseptic capabilities.
I really could go on and on about each ingredient in this shampoo, but I need to get to the experience of this gorgeous product!
The lather is PHENOMENAL. Sodium Lauroly Methyl Isethionate is used as the foaming agent; a coconut surfactant that is gentle, nontoxic and should not be confused with sodium laurly sulfate. This shampoo is sulfate free and is an incredibly mild surfactant, one of the safest on the market. It’s gentle, yet effective at removing excess oil, dirt and debris.
I’m a big fan of green shampoos that lather and rinse well like this one does. I shampoo every other night, sometimes every night and so I need a shampoo that can cleanse without overstepping and this one delivers just that.
Hands down this is my current favorite green shampoo right now!
Scent: The scent reminded me of pine trees, cinnamon and orange peels. Not over powering, subtle, yet refreshing.
Tip: Take your time in the shower and really enjoy this shampoo!
Product: Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Conditioner
Best for: Those who prefer a lightweight conditioner and maybe have thin hair in need of oomph
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Panthenol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Abies Sibirica Oil, Citric Acid, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Pogostemon Cablin Oil *Denotes organic ingredients
Review: While the shampoo “wow-ed” me, the conditioner was only OK. I personally prefer a thicker, more moisturizing conditioner than this one, but I think if you like a very lightweight feel, or have thin/limp hair that doesn’t like to be weighed down with moisture, then this is a great conditioner for you!
Most conditioners contain a blend of butters and rich oils, but this one uses jojoba and macadamia seed oil – two medium body oils. There’s also a nice blend of citrus oils to give the scalp and hair a bright feel from their astringent properties.
Texture: Very lightweight, thin
Scent: Spicy, citrus-y with a hint of floral from the rose
Tip: Usually, I avoid applying conditioner near my roots since I opt mostly for heavier conditioners, but I like that this one is so lightweight I can actually apply it near the crown of my head and not experience any heaviness.
Written and photographed by Amy Chang